Sourdough Pizza with Green Garlic and Shaved Asparagus

Did you know that eating garlic is good for the heart and reduces your risk of heart problems? It is! So you better try this healthy pizza recipe from Wild Greens and Sardines that features healthy toppings like garlic and asparagus.

Ingredients:
One bunch of asparagus, thicker stalks
3-4 stalks green garlic (or baby leeks or scallions), thinly sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
Cheese (used a combination of earthy goat's cheese and Parmesan)
2-3 anchovies (roughly chopped)
Red pepper flakes
2 eggs, room temperature, crack the eggs into individual, small bowls 

Directions:
  1. Place a baking stone in the oven.  Preheat the oven as high as it goes, at least 500 degrees. 
  2. With a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin, long strips.  Place in a bowl.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a small skillet with some olive oil.  Add the green garlic (leeks or scallions), a pinch of salt, and saute a few minutes until soft.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface.  Roll out the dough to approximately 11-12 inches in diameter.  Crumble the goat cheese on top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan, green garlic, shaved asparagus, and chopped anchovies.  Season with red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to the oven and bake 7-8 minutes until the dough begins to brown.  Pour the cracked eggs from the bowls onto the pizza (or simply crack the eggs directly onto the pizza). Continue to bake another 5 minutes or so, until the egg whites are set, but yolks still runny.  Remove from the oven.  Top with some raw, shaved asparagus.  Finish with a drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.


Note: If using salt-cured anchovies, rinse the anchovies in water to remove excess salt.  Some suggest soaking anchovies in milk to remove excess salt; rinsing the anchovies in water worked just fine.  Remove the bone from the center of the fish and roughly chop.
 
Sourdough Pizza Dough Ingredients:
Makes (2) 11-12 inch pizzas
1 cup 00 flour
1/2 cup King Arthur white wheat flour or whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups sourdough starter
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions: 
  1. Add the flours, starter, salt, and olive oil to the food processor.  Process for ~5 minutes until the dough comes together and forms a ball, adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water as needed.  Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic, and let rise for 24 hours.  Divide the dough into two balls.
Posted by Diane Araga, on May 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM